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2014 has been a year of freaky weather. It could be really hot and sunny in the morning and suddenly pour cats and dogs in the afternoon with some lightning thrown in for good measure! So you could imagine how apprehensive we were when we heard the Sagai had come in to the inshore reefs just off Singapore. Fishing in stormy weather isn’t fun, not to mention dangerous when you’re right in the face of thunderstorm. But anglers being anglers… how could we refuse after seeing photos of good Sagai (Trevally) catches from the local captains. And so our day begins…

NORTH CRAFT BMC

The morning was fairly quiet as we had missed the tide. However, things started to fire close to noon when we started seeing surface commotions and feeding activity on the calm water. Interestingly, we only caught small fish by micro jigging with 12g Gomoku Micro jigs. The bigger ones were somehow not interested in our jigs, despite casting right into the feeding Sagai. Our captain was saying they had caught them on pencil baits on a trip prior. And so, we brought out the NORTH CRAFT BMC 100F lures for a ‘walk’.

Sagai Casting Singapore with North Craft BMC First random cast and the slowly-worked NORTH CRAFT BMC was intercepted by a Sagai.

Sagai Casting Singapore with North Craft BMCNo qualms about whacking such a big bait!

Micro Jigging with Storm Micro Jigger 2014Next up to get into Sagai action was Andrew!

Micro Jigging with Storm Micro Jigger 2014I don’t need to tell you he was having a blast!

Sagai Casting Singapore with North Craft BMCThis one also took the NORTH CRAFT BMC 100F in SPCD colour.

Micro Jigging with Storm Micro Jigger 2014Andrew’s ON again!

Suddenly Andrew was engaged in a battle of epic proportions. A big Sagai had hit the BMC on a slow retrieve and decided to head towards the reef in the same direction as the current. Just when we started seeing some spool, the fish decided to stop and head away from the reef. Assisted by the strong current, pulling back the fish was an uphill task. Sadly, the hooks gave way after a prolonged battle on the micro outfit of a Storm Micro Jigger and Daiwa Luvias 1003. But you could see that Andrew took it rather positively despite the lost fish as he went on to cast again for the next fish.

Sagai Casting Singapore North Craft BMCThis time it’s Nigel’s turn!

All this while Nigel was at the bow casting away with the new Storm Shore-X casting rod (PE0.8-2.0) He had several good fish on but somehow they managed to throw the hook each time after hookup. For those that he managed to secure, they gave a good account of themselves on the light casting outfit.

Sagai Casting Singapore North Craft BMCA happy camper!

Sagai Casting Singapore North Craft BMCNORTH CRAFT BMC 100F in SPCH

Sagai Casting Singapore North Craft BMCHowever, SPCD was the colour of the day!

Sagai Casting Singapore North Craft BMCNo other colour could compare during the Sagai feeding. Seriously. This intrigued us too!

Sagai Casting Singapore North Craft BMCAnd another!

Micro Jigging with Storm Keiryo and Daiwa KohgaJigging became conducive later on in the afternoon.

Micro Jigging with Storm Micro JiggerAndy hit the jackpot with two delicious Coral Trout one after the other on Storm Super Gomoku jig (We suspect it must be the lucky red shirt!)

Micro Jigging with Storm Micro Jigger 2014Of course, the Queenies were fast and furiously entertaining!

Micro Jigging with Storm Keiryo and Daiwa KohgaThe new Daiwa Kohga 100 is a suitable micro jigging reel for these micro jigging applications.

As light gradually faded, so did the Sagai surface frenzy. We were grateful that we had perfect weather throughout the day and got to enjoy quite a prolonged session of Sagai casting.

At the end of our trip, we swapped notes and found that among all the BMC lure patterns that we tossed, the Sagai seemed to zero in to a particular colour – SPCD. Even other pencil lures with a similar, white base pattern were ignored. They were locked onto something that had a semi-translucent colour. We later discovered in the afternoon that the Sagai were actually hunting down groups of squid, chasing them to the surface before wolfing them down. Each time we saw ink being squirted on the surface it would be quickly followed by a loud “whoosh”! Gotcha! We could only deduce that the SPCD colour was very similar to the translucent colour of the squid and therefore, looked like the real deal. We did try other colours of the NORTH CRAFT BMC but only those with a translucent sheen such as the SPCD and SPCH worked. Even then, the SPCD outshined the SPCH!

TIP: The NORTH CRAFT BMC 100F were worked very slowly. There’s not a lot of aggressive jerking involved, but rather a gentle, sub-surface, side-to-side sliding action. Basically using the rod tip to work the lure.

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With such a wide expanse of water, finding the Krasoob (Sebarau / Jungle Perch) hideouts of Khao Laem may not be easy. But with the right guide, right tackle and local knowledge, even wet weather is not be an issue. Daniel Wan reports.

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

The action was pretty hot over at Huat’s boat (read catch report) despite the rain. Pla Krasoob (Sebarau/Jungle Perch) and Pla Chado (Toman) were hitting lures without being bashful. They weren’t big – at most a kilo or two but the lack of size (in Thai standards) was compensated with numbers. As long as your lure was presented close to the sticks, you had a good chance of being slammed.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormSimple water bungalows where the locals live.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormReady to rock and roll in wet weather gear!

Khao Laem Dam FishingBattle-ready.

Rapala Shadow and Daiwa Zillion Type-RHeavy gear for heavy cover fishing.

Storm SerpentinoStorm Serpentino for walking the dog in heavy cover

The rain had not ceased for two days according to our local guide Pi An. Rain or hail, we had already arrived after a 5-hour car ride a night earlier and we sure were determined to catch some Krasoob. Our guides arrived at our water ‘bungalow’ just after 6am all ready and set to go in their traditional Thai long boats. I was impressed!

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormEvery traditional Thai boat was equipped with a Minn-Kota thruster!

At most places where I’ve fished around the region, anglers were the ones who had to wait for the captains or guides but here in Thailand, it’s the other way around. That’s the amazing Thai culture and service. The other thing that impressed me was that each long-boat was powered by a big long-tail engine and equipped with a Minn-Kota thruster! Awesome!

Sebarau on NORTH CRAFT BMCBee with a Krasoob on North Craft BMC 120F

Our party of six set off in three boats for the western side of the lake. Our initial target was to be Chado on topwater lure but rainy weather is usually not good for Giant Snakehead. The next target was naturally the Krasoob. Our first sortie yielded only small Krasoob around the sticks with X-Rap Count Downs.

Sebarau on X-Rap CountdownX-Rap Count Down delivered the fish.

We did have a few near misses on the surface with Storm Serpentino topwater hollow baits – big swirls and explosions that didn’t result in hookups. Too bad! Quite naturally, one would work even harder upon seeing your mates at the other boat hooking up Krasoob one after another!

Toman on Storm SerpentinoSmall but still a Giant Snakehead nevertheless – on Storm Serpentino Brinjal.

Sebarau on Storm SerpentinoAt times, the Krasoob were out and about hunting in heavy cover terrain.

BOOM! The ‘Nemo’-coloured Serpentino went under! Fred waited for the line to tighten then struck back to drive the doubles through. The sudden surge of speed was unmistakably Krasoob! On a topwater hollow bait! The fight was short and brief. Fred flashed his trademark smile with the fish in hand for the camera and duly released the fellow thereafter.

Sebarau Storm SerpentinoThe ‘Nemo’ coloured Storm Serpentino did well for Fred.

Sebarau Storm SerpentinoDon’t strike immediately, let the fish take the lure and turn the other way before setting the hook with a few quick cranks of the reel handle.

Sebarau on Rapala Risto Rap 8cmRisto Rap 8cm is never too big for the ferocious Krasoob

This wasn’t the only fish caught on the weedless dog-walking lure. Fred went on to produce 2 more Krasoob and a Toman to the tally. We were convinced this lure is a must when fishing heavy cover, especially when the fish are accustomed to the noisy splashes of weedless frog lures. A more subtle action seemed to arouse the curiosity of careful fish.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormNot exactly minnow-friendly terrain.

Most of the rivers were murky, thanks to the heavy rain. We had to venture into the tributaries to search for clean running water trickling down from higher grounds. Fred and our local friend, Pi Too entered this little cove with a little river pushing out clear water into murky surroundings.

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Sebarau on Rapala Flat RapRapala Flat Rap was an excellent choice to roam over the aquatic plants just a few feet below the surface.

What happened next was a scene every angler would kill for. Pi Too’s pink Clackin’ Minnow was hammered by plenty of Krasoob! Every other cast would yield a sizeable fish! Fred quickly swapped over to a Flat Rap and was soon in business! These Jungle Perch were absolutely fat!

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala Storm“Mooo’ve it! Cows coming through!”

Jack and I explored another tributary with similar surroundings; hilly terrain all around which fed clean running water into the murky lake. There were clumps of aquatic plants sitting perhaps 3 feet below the surface right in front of the stream. To the left was some fallen timber. A textbook Krasoob hideout.

Storm Twitch Stick SebarauOne of the many Krasoob on Storm Twitch Stick

Sebarau on Rapala Scatter Rap Shad DemonThe new Scatter Rap Shads worked too!

Jack decided to check out the edges of the aquatic plants with a Storm Twitch Stick while I fooled around a bit with the new Rapala Scatter Rap Shad which was supposed to swim in a sweeping, evasive, zig-zag fashion. Perfect for such shallow water conditions. Both lures got nailed without question. The fishing began to slow down after several Krasoob were landed and released. This was to be expected as the fish would have wised up to the swimming vibrations of our lures.

Sebarau on Rapala Scatter Rap Shad DemonUnique “Demon” pattern had plenty of hits.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormGive a shout out for the Rapala Flat Rap in Pink Candy!

Khao Laem Dam FishingHappy moments!

Dinner time is always my favourite time of every fishing trip. This was no different. Pi An brought us some excellent home-cooked Thai dishes that left me in ecstasy after the meal! There was a particularly special dish worth mentioning that we had that night: finely minced Pla Krasoob with chilli, basil and lemongrass topped with Krasoob scales deep-fried into crispy flakes! The taste was simply out of this world!

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormThis kid caught this nice sized Krasoob right in front of our water bungalow!

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormThe spicy minced Krasoob with scales deep-fried to a crisp! Ooh! Heavenly!

The sky cleared up a bit on the subsequent day. We interchanged fishing partners and I would be fishing with Bee for the day. Now that the weather was a little more warm and sunny, the Krasoob frenzies mellowed down with only a handful of fish caught here and there close to the running streams. Fishing was a little tougher on this day but that made each fish caught the more fulfilling to us, being able to entice the fish to take our lures when they’re off the bite.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormEasy does it!

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)Deeper waters required deeper-diving lures. In this case, it’s the Deep Tail Dancer (TDD07)

Sebarau on Rapala Scatter Rap Shad DemonJack with a Krasoob caught on Rapala Scatter Rap Shad in Baby Bass colour. 

Storm Smash Shad SebarauRapala RFS Finesse Series Elegance (2-6lb) was great fun for fish of this size. 

Fred Goh with Khao Laem Toman on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)It wasn’t always Krasoob that took the TDD07s. Sometimes Chado came by too.

The afternoon sun was beating down on us when we arrived at this spot which roughly translated to ‘Lion’s Cave’ in Thai. It was a prominent, vertical rock wall with some rocky structures underwater. Fred and Jack were already there and by then, had already landed many good-sized Krasoob on Rapala Flat Rap 8cm and X-Rap Countdown 7cm. Having had their good share of fun, they were kind enough to let us have a go at the willing fish. How could we decline the offer?

Khao Laem Dam FishingThe rocky face of the ‘Lion’s Cave’

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormFirst, the shallow-running lures caught the fish…

Trigger X Minnow SebarauWhen the fish went deeper, this Trigger X Minnow rigged Jika Style were able to entice them at that depth.

Flat Raps, Storm Twitch Sticks – minnow profile lures darting just a few feet under the surface was too enticing for the Krasoob. Bee and I were having a whole lot of fun! We soon gave up photographing the catches and concentrated on the fishing. As expected, the fish soon wised up to the lures and the Lion’s Cave became still. Silent.

Daniel Wan with Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)What else but the shallow-running Rapala Flat Rap in Pink Candy 

Sebarau on Rapala Scatter Rap CountdownZig-zag actions of the Scatter Rap can sometimes turn on passive fish.

Sebarau on Rapala Scatter Rap Countdown

The panicky lures swam back to the boat untouched. We figured since there was some structure below, the fish may have gone down a little deeper, hugging close to the structure. That was when the Deep Tail Dancers (TDD) were brought out for a swim.

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07) Camo

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Daniel Wan with Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Surprisingly, Bee told me the Deep Tail Dancer was not a popular lure in Thailand as most local Krasoob hunters preferred the Risto Rap. I love the Deep Tail Dancer 7cm (TDD07) and it’s a must-have lure whenever I target Jungle Perch. There’s just something about the sexy tail-kick action, especially when you jerk the lure a bit on the retrieve. Like a light switch, the Krasoob were switched on again!

Storm Mojo StrikeIt was Krasoob one after another on the Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Daniel Wan with Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)

Daniel Wan with Sebarau on Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07)Rapala Tail Dancer Deep (TDD07) in Golden Alburnus (GALB) colour was the top scorer before it was lost to a snag. Ouch!

We had an assortment of Deep Tail Dancers in various colour patterns and each of them took fish. Interestingly, the naturalistic colour of the Golden Alburnus (GALB) pattern accounted for the most fish. I could only guess that the Krasoob preferred a more natural-looking pattern in the gin-clear water around the Lion’s Cave.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormAnother rocky island which produced plenty of fish and fun for us!

Sebarau on Rapala Flat Rap

All good things must come to an end and soon, it was time to bid farewell to our Thai friends. We were well looked after by Pi An, Pi Kuanchai and their team of guides, cooks and helpers at Khao Laem Dam. The food was superb, fishing awesome, and hospitality – uncomparable. That’s one thing I love about Thailand. After all, it’s truly the Land of Smiles. As with all major dams in South East Asia, such fantastic fishing conditions aren’t a given, even in wet weather when Krasoob are supposed to be feeding voraciously before spawning. But with the right guides, right tackle and some local knowledge, even wet weather conditions won’t be show stoppers.

Khao Laem Dam Fishing Rapala StormThe enchanting Khao Laem Lake

Khao Laem Dam Fishing RapalaBye for now… we’ll be back soon!

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不久前刚迷上拟饵抛投钓的友族阿里向我述说到,某天他到北霹雳瓜啦牛啦某红树林支流寻找大眼海涟时,遇上了很多长身大眼的不知名怪鱼来攻击他的拟饵。具他说那头部看似大眼海涟的鱼种在攻击他的拟饵上钩后也一样会做出疯狂的水面跳跃动作,而且比起大眼海涟的对抗力有过而无不及。我听后分析出那应该就是疯癫飞绳钓者们的一流游戏鱼竹龙是也!这突来的振奋消息让我巴不得马上就前往该钓场大钓一番,毕竟野生的竹龙鱼钓场在现今已买少见少。

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话说回头,当时阿里也很乐意的与我分享了有关钓点位置。但由于手头上的时间表已排满,只好暂时把钓竹龙的计划暂时先搁一旁,心想把事情办完后再约个时间去找它也不迟。就在我正准备要抽时间去会一会那里的竹龙时,偶然的在友族面子书圈子里发现到了大量的竹龙人鱼合照!而钓点正是阿里发现的那条支流。

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经询问阿里后得知,原来是他在面子书不经意的走漏消息,而这令人振奋的消息就有如雪球般越滚越大,一传十,十传百!接下来的日子不管是工作日或是休假,几乎每天都有数量不少的钓鱼人探访该钓场。而大量钓鱼人的涌入很快的也吸引了“假日渔夫”们的目光。顿时使得原本寂静的无名小支流名声大吵!甚至连首都与玻璃市镇的发烧友也慕名而来!而且当中还存在着很多的“打包客”,不管大小一律有杀过,无放过。很快的在不出两个月的时间内这人们称呼为“竹龙圣地”的一流钓点就已形成了高压钓场。了解到了那钓场的遭遇后,失望的我也把前往该钓场的计划给取消了。

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直到近来那支流的人潮已拙见稀少,死党阿华与阿辉便建议我利用最近闲余的早晨到该处去试一试运气,在好奇心的丛勇下我便爽快答应了。由于在我们的住处前往该钓点需要1小时的车程,我们便提早到呱啦古楼渔村享用那里闻名的早市鸡饭,然后再趁天还未亮起前就摸黑进入该钓场。大伙希望借着早晨的微弱光线来消减那里已变得异常精明的竹龙鱼,而且我们也考量到了经常在那里出没的饵鱼群来做参考对比,经我们分析后都觉得无论是外形或体积都与常穿插于附近小水闸的饵鱼群极为相近的7公分长Storm FlutterStick最为合适,而且属于沉性笔饵的它除了拥有远抛的优点外,在配以短抽法时还会出现类似饵鱼在水底左右摩擦身体的自然现象动作,希望可以从选择拟饵方面着手来提高竹龙鱼的咬饵率。

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在那里车子只能到达红树林捷径外围而已,过后必须弃车步行约二十分钟才能到达有关钓点。大家拿好钓具后便摸黑出发,一路上我们不幸遇上了好血如命的風沙大军来围攻,使得惯性没穿长裤的我狼狈不堪,几经折磨才来到阿里所描述的钓点。在大家的努力下抛投下,老天总算不负有心人,终于在经历了多次的脱钩与断线结局后,才把这难搞的“淑女劲鱼”给请上岸来与读者见面。总算有惊无险的搭上这难得的竹龙鱼“末班车”!

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Photography by Tan Kian Huat and Mr Lertsak Banklongsee (Bee).

Khao Laem Lake, located in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, is a 5-hour drive away from Bangkok. As in most fishing trips, weather is something rather uncontrollable and to a certain extent, unpredictable. We were informed it was going to be a wet, wet, wet trip! But as we’ve experienced before, the wet weather may not necessarily be good for Snakehead but will certainly be good for Jungle Perch (Sebarau / Krasoob)!

The north-western part of the lake is rather easily accessible by car and a short 5-minute boat ride from the simple, rugged ‘boat ramp’ brings us to our simple, yet cosy accommodation – a floating bungalow at the mouth of a little river.

Khao Laem Dam RapalaWater ‘bungalows’ located at a little river.

Khao Laem Dam RapalaAccommodation was basic – our beds were located right next to the dining area. Notice there were no walls!

Khao Laem DamThe weather was gloomy throughout the trip.

Khao Laem DamRain, rain go away! Come again another day!

Khao Laem DamThe water had risen a bit and both Toman and Sebarau were hiding inside the weedy area.

Khao Laem Rapala Flat RapThe shallow-swimming Rapala Flat Raps were perfect for such conditions.

Khao Laem Rapala Flat RapThe Sebarau were quite big too!

Khao Laem Rapala Flat RapRainy days are… well, happy days… in a sense…

Khao Laem Lure RetrieverThere were times when a lure or two got stuck in the sticks. Our helpful guides had no qualms about diving in to retrieve them!

Khao Laem Rapala Flat RapThe Toman were not large, but were around in good numbers. Twitching the Flat Rap got the sluggish ones excited.

Khao Laem RapalaThere were some periods when the rains stopped and little insects came out for a breather.

Khao Laem DamSpidey needed a break from the rain!

Khao Laem Rapala BX MinnowPi Too with a Krasoob on the new Rapala BX Minnow.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala Scatter RapIn slightly deeper waters, the Storm Smash Shad produced the fish.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala Scatter RapOn the other hand, the Rapala Scatter Rap Shads reigned supreme in the shallower waters. The Sebarau loved the erractic, zig-zag action!

Khao Laem Dam Rapala Scatter RapKian Huat displays a formidable fighter that took a Rapala Scatter Rap Shad in Alburnus pattern.

Khao Laem Rapala Scatter RapAnd another on the Rapala Scatter Rap Shad! This time it’s the Carribean Shad pattern that delivers!

Khao Laem DamSome majestic scenes from the lake.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownDrop-offs about 4-5 feet from the banks often sheltered predators such as this Toman.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownThe Rapala X-Rap Countdown was a good candidate for these deeper areas as it could be worked at variable depths.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownAlso accounting for some Sebarau too!

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownKian Huat was on a roll catching Sebarau after Sebarau on Rapala X-Rap Countdown.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownWe suspected the Sebarau were feeding voraciously – fattening up before spawning.

Khao Laem DamMr Bee checking out every ‘fishy’ looking spot.

Khao Laem Rapala CountdownHis efforts were not in vain. This Krasoob responded to a classic Rapala Count Down.

Khao Laem DamWe’re always excited when we encounter flowing streams like these on rainy days!

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownFishing the mouth of these streams often meant hitting the JACKPOT!

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownThe Rapala X-Rap Countdown proving it’s worth for Kian Huat.

Khao Laem Rapala Flat RapWhile the flashy chrome finish on the Flat Rap continues to draw interest in the shallows.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownAmidst the Sebarau and Toman action, Kian Huat also managed to pull out a very nice Snakehead.

Khao Laem Dam Rapala X-Rap CountdownNo prizes for guessing what’s Kian Huat’s favourite lure of the trip – yup, it’s the Rapala X-Rap Countdown!

Khao Laem RapalaCattle crossing a channel.

Khao Laem Dam RapalaThere’s more crazy fishing action to come. Stay tuned for Part 2!

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Catch Report by Amelia Ting

沐胶这个地方,相信对很多钓鱼人来说都不感陌生。从我的家乡,砂捞越诗巫去到沐胶也只需要2个小时的车程。这个地方除了渔产丰富外,这里的近海海底珊瑚礁结构的地势也造就了钓鱼人玩微铁钓的优势。随着微铁钓热潮掀起,在这里尝试玩微铁的钓友们也越来越多。周末假日这里的船主更是船期满满。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia Ting我这次有幸参与Storm钓具公司的产品测试钓游。同行的有钓具公司经理Fred,李益良及沐胶热血钓友阿龙和我。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia Ting

我们的对象鱼大多是底栖性的鱼类如:七星斑,石斑,红鰽和一些鲹科鱼类。这次钓游中使用慢铁/慢抽呈现法(Slow Jigging )带来的成绩非常理想。STORM公司出品的铁板中,最适合用来搭配慢抽呈现法的有Koika 和 Super Gomoku。这两款铁板的设计使在水里的铁板以慢速度动作滑落到海底,再以慢抽的方式抽一下让它滑落再抽一下让它再次滑落。时常在滑落的当儿就中鱼了。这种呈现手法不止吸引着底栖性鱼类的攻击也同时方便了Ebek这种采用吮吸式攻击铁板的鱼类上钩。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia Ting钓游中Fred坚持为慢坠型铁板Koika 头尾各搭载一枚孖辅助钩。这样不止可以平衡慢坠型铁板的动作。也减低了鱼咬饵后脱钩的机率。相对的卡底的机会就会比较多。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia Ting我自己习惯使用一头搭载一对孖辅助钩的搭配,动作是没有那么标准了不过还是一样可以上鱼。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia TingFred用koika 钓上黄合鲳,笑到他合不拢嘴。看来真的是他的两都各自一枚孖辅助钩起来作用,大大减少脱钩机率。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia TingDominic,船主阿Nong和 Fred在其中一个钓点同时钓上GT。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia Ting我和阿龙用同一色Koika铁板钓各自上的红鱼。

Mukah Light Jigging with Storm Koika featuring Amelia Ting用青色Koika呈现慢铁钓法中的红鰽。

这里有各种各样的鱼类

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Slow jigging is gaining popularity not just because it is more relaxing but also the possibility of catching a larger variety of fish species. One of the species that we had trouble catching consistently until recently was the Golden Trevally. Understanding the behaviour of the Golden Trevally as well having a better grasp of the slow jigging technique and tackle setup have certainly helped us improve our catches dramatically.

Golden Trevally on Storm Koika

The Golden Trevally uses its protractive mouth to suck out prey from the sand or reef and consumes a variety of fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Therefore, one of the key points to note when targeting them is to keep the jig close to the seabed and work it slow.

Golden Trevally on Storm KoikaThick lips!

Golden Trevally on Storm KoikaIt is better to tie two sets of assist hooks onto the jig; one set on top and one on the bottom.

Golden Trevally on Storm KoikaThey have rather thick lips and mouth cavity so sharp hooks are preferred.

Golden Trevally on Storm KoikaAlthough they are not as speedy as their cousins, the Diamond Trevally, Golden Trevally have better stamina and will fight to the end.

Golden Trevally Koika 2Slow style jigging jigs such as the Storm Gomoku Koika are great for targeting the Goldies.

Golden Trevally on Storm Koika They are known to grow up to 120cm and about 15kg. Locally, a 5kg fish is considered a good catch.

Golden Trevally on Storm KoikaGolden Trevelly are not excellent on the plate and they are beautiful fishes that deserved to be conserved. We do encourage anglers to release them so that they can continue to fight another day.

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The inshore waters off Kota Belud are surprisingly productive for light jigging!
Joseph Ngai sends in his recent catch report.

This trip was planned the day before the last day of Ramadhan. We decided to put some light jigs into the water as weather was just too perfect for some short inshore fishing. Since one of our friends was still fasting, we planned it as a leisure outing just to chill and relax, compared to our usual morning to late afternoon session. Nonetheless, results were not disappointing for only a 3-hour session.

Kota Belud Jigging 1This 11kg Mackerel caught soon after we started our jigging session. Storm Gomoku Erito was put into the test when Sabrey targeted to land this fish as fast as he can.

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The Storm Super Gomoku jig 50g BSRD draws first blood with a juvenile Trevally.

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Close up: Gomoku Erito, Sufix 832 10lbs, Sufix Invisiline 15lbs, Storm Super Gomoku 50g BSRD.

Kota Belud Jigging 8Storm Gomoku Erito PE0.8-1.5 fully loaded. Again, Sabrey was amazed with his new light jigging rod’s lifting power.

Kota Belud Jigging 5A good-sized GT by Kota Belud standards.

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After losing one of my favorite BSRD Super Gomoku jigs, I was lucky to land this juvenile mackerel without having to lose the same coloured jig again.

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Since Sabrey was still fasting, we wrapped up our short jigging trip with a good-sized GT. Scored with the BSRD Storm Super Gomoku 50g – the pattern of the day!

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Australian Bass Gomoku Spin Jig

Yu Hock and I had the privilege to fish with one of the best Australian tournament bream anglers, Tim Morgan right after the conclusion of this year’s Australian Fishing Tackle Association (AFTA) Show in Brisbane.

Australian Bass Trickster

The initial plan was to fish for Australian Bass at Moogerah Dam on the first day and then proceed to fish Moreton Bay for snapper the next.

Australian Bass Rapala Jigging Rap Fred Goh

It was like 5°C when Tim picked us up on the first morning. After about 2 hours of driving, we finally reached Moogerah Dam. Moogerah is a very well maintained dam, just like the many dams around Australia – with proper toilets and boat ramp. We spent about 3 hours sounding for fishes but they were not as many as reported by fellow anglers fishing there a couple of days ago.

Australian Bass Trickster Yu Hock

We did try to make a few casts but did not manage to get even one hit. After making a few phone calls, Tim decided to move to another dam nearby. We pulled the boat up and then drove for 20 minutes to reach Maroon Dam. It is a very small dam but Tim seemed very confident that this place would produce some fish.

Australian Bass Storm Soft Vibe

We fished a small patch of weed, which held some bass according to Tim. After making a few casts, your truly finally got a hit on a prototype Storm Soft Vibe. After a few fancy rod moves, the first Australian Bass of the day was landed. Confidence increased as the 3 of us start casting and combing the patch of weed. More Australia Bass of 30cm to 40cm in size were caught. The lure worth mentioning for the session was the Rapala Jigging Rap, which accounted for most of Yu Hock’s catches.

Australian Bass Rapala Jigging Rap

We ended the day feasting on chicken roll sandwiches, which Tim prepared on board. What a way to end Day 1!

Our second day started as early as 1.30am! Yes, dragging our feet out so early in the wee hours of the ‘morning’ to fish the Brisbane River (also known as Brissie River) sounded insane but Tim and his brother Steve think otherwise. The temperature was about 3°C if not lower. Honestly, both Yu Hock and myself were not very hopeful about the fishing. Staying in a tropical country like Singapore, it was hard for us to imagine fish biting in this sort of cold, dark morning. Furthermore, it was very uncomfortable to fish in such weather conditions.

Threadfin Salmon on Trickster copy

However, our perceptions about fishing in such cold weather changed as under the guidance of the Morgan brothers, we were treated to a wonderful session of casting in the dark. I managed to catch my very first Threadfin Salmon in my life.

Threadfin Salmon on Rapala Scatter Rap

It was an 80 to 85cm specimen caught on a Rapala Scatter Rap Crank. Yu Hock did very well too with the Rapala X-Rap Countdown 7cm, landing a Jewfish close to 1 metre. The last fish of the casting session was a smaller Jewfish caught on the trusty Rapala Scatter Rap Crank again. All 3 fishes were landed in a space of just 2 hours of casting. We decided to head for breakfast as the tide changed.

Jewie on XRCD07Yu Hock looking pleased at his capture. This fish was worth fishing in freezing temperatures!

Jewie on Rapala Scatter Rap Fred GohLittle Jewie on Rapala Scatter Rap Crank.

Jewie on Rapala Scatter Rap

Our last fishing session was at Moreton Bay. There were reports of big schools of Tailors caught a couple of days ago but again they were missing by the time we were there. We decided to fish the pillars of the port for Jewfish, without any results. Tim then decided to teach us some techniques about Bream fishing.

Australian Bream Fred Goh

The condition of the water was not really ideal but through his sharing, we managed to catch 2 small Bream! One of the Bream was caught on the new Storm Gomoku Stiletto / Gomoku Bottom. We were mighty impressed by this tiny lure! It’s surely going to be a very popular Bream lure!

Australian Bream

We decided to end the session early as we also wanted to visit some local tackle shops so we finished off the day with a treat of fresh prawns bought from the local seafood shop .

It was a wonderful experience for both of Yu Hock and I. Many thanks to the Morgan brothers, Tim and Steve!

Photos in this article courtesy of Tim Morgan.